Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai said it was a “fact” that there was Russian interference in the public comments ahead of its controversial net neutrality vote last year, amid sparring between another commissioner about a lawsuit the agency is in the midst of.
The admittance was made in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York Times, who requested access to records surrounding the public comments that they argued would “shed light to the extent to which Russian nationals and agents of the Russian government have interfered with the agency notice-and-comment process about a topic of extensive public interest.”
The public comments left ahead of the FCC’s net neutrality vote have been at the center of much scrutiny—with millions of fraudulent comments (including the names of dead people and current members of Congress) being used.
One recent study recently found that of the real comments, nearly 100 percent were made in favor of the FCC keeping the existing net neutrality rules.
Most likely, he's blaming the Russkies because (a) he knows the Democrats will believe it, and (b) he's covering for Comcast, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner), Verizon, and AT&T.
I haven't seen this much coordinated deception of the public between the two marketing divisions of the uniparty since Bush claimed WMD's were in Iraq.
-- Keep telling the lie until you make it true. --anonymous
Of course you have. For example, you might have believed one of the following:- Elected Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi was evil incarnate (right before a general friendly to the US and Israel launched a coup against him).- The US involvement in Syria, Iraq, and a bunch of other places is for humanitarian reasons.- The US is not involved in recent coups in Honduras, Ukraine, Libya, and a number of other places.- The US is not involved with the civil war in Yemen, nor in the civil war in Ukraine.- There is a group of people based in the city of Kabul who are in charge of Afghanistan.,- People who think and talk like Bernie Sanders, Ralph Nader, and Noam Chomsky are at best misguided and at worst trying to destroy America.
These are all bipartisan positions.
Ok, but Pai still is in the pocket of corporations, and saying Russia meddled with things is his way of saying look over there! I am going to check my bank balance while you do that.
No, most likely he admitted it because it was the truth and if he had lied about it he would be committing perjury.
Notice how he denied it up until he was forced to answer the question on the record.